SUSE Achieves Record-Setting Benchmark

June 11, 2014

Optimized SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA doubles speed over SPARC hardware

Las Vegas (HP Discover)

An optimized SUSE Linux Enterprise Server together with the new HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA has set record-breaking benchmarks, operating more than twice as fast as similar SPARC solutions. SUSE® worked with HP to make performance-enhancing changes to the Linux kernel that enabled the record-setting performance on HP hardware.

“Creating a 'fastest-ever' platform is not just a technical accomplishment—it means real-world value for enterprises of all sizes running high-performance and mission-critical solutions,” said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing. “Working with partners and adapting Linux to unlock the full potential of their increasingly sophisticated hardware and software is what SUSE does best. In this case, our close collaboration with HP and SAP delivers groundbreaking results that help our customers succeed and will also benefit the greater upstream Linux community in the future.”

Paul Miller, vice president of marketing, HP Converged Systems, said, “Record-breaking performance never happens by chance. The HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA is the best platform for real-time in-memory computing, and our work with SUSE helps customers get the most out of the architecture.”

HP and SUSE achieved these results by working together to apply HP patches fine-tuning the Linux kernel, making changes to the semaphore and locking paradigms in the kernel (mutex locks, lockless reference counts) which enables the scaling of large numbers of processors. The process scheduler was also modified to help maximize the efficiency of the appliance. These modifications will be available to all users in future SUSE Linux Enterprise releases.

For additional information and performance details on the HP-SUSE benchmark, visit SUSE in booth 3432 at HP Discover in Las Vegas this week or see the HP performance brief and SUSE Conversations blog post on the benchmark.

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